The Demon Awakens

Hello, my name is Steve and I have an awful habit: starting things and never being able to keep up with them. Especially as of late. There's so much I want to do, but always am "full of lose" when it comes down to doing anything consistant. This is primarily because of my column All The Rage over at Silver Bullet Comic Books. I also like to blame my family. Damn family... always getting in the way. Why I oughta-- Get on with this thing!

Basically, the premise of this column (if I can call it that) is me blurbing about comics hitting my desk. Yes, it's somewhat akin to the My Stack installments that I'm sure at least 3 of you listened to. The difference is that I'm even less verbose and I'll provide a score from 1 to 5 (1 meaning "not even worth setting ablaze for fear of offending the kindling pixies" and 5 meaning "buy this comic or I will kill you... twice").

I suppose it goes without saying that this is an experiment in whether or not I can keep it going. But I do pick up, receive, and read a criminal amount of comic books, so it's the Right Thing to write something about them, yeah?

I won't bother with always listing creator details of the comics... That's what links are for, and I will provide those. I guess I should post a picture of the cover if I have one or feel like it. Some "reviews" will be maybe a sentence long, some might be epic poems that will travel back in time and make Homer (the blind Greek guy, not the blind-drunk Simpson's character) weep with shame about being such a succinct loser in comparision. This first time around, I give you something in-between.

"Age Of Bronze" Bonus Images

Though there wasn't enough room to contain all the majesty of Age Of Bronze in the interview at Silver Bullet Comicbooks, it seemed a shame to let the bonus pics go to waste, so here, for your viewing pleasure, are images that should give you a good preview of the style of Age Of Bronze.

When you're done checking out those links, click below to see it all...

All The Rage: Full Tim Seeley Q&A

seeleygodofwar If you are coming from the latest edition of ALL THE RAGE, welcome!

If you haven't read the ATR piece, please go here.

I would like to thank Silver Bullet Comic Books for allowing MediaGauntlet to host the full "mini-interview" that I did with comics creator Tim Seeley. You see, it was supposed to be only a few questions, but it kinda got away from me. Instead of cutting stuff from the ATR column and letting it lie, we decided that the rest of the Q&A with Tim should go here. Included is the full interview bit with some new pictures that I haphazardly threw in there. You can see where the rest of it starts right after the Loaded Bible questions. I really hope you enjoy this piece and once again, thanks to Tim for taking the time to answer my near-random queries.

'Ere we go...

(For images of Loaded Bible 2, please see the latest All The Rage)

Marvel's Zombie (...not Marvel Zombies)

The Zed Word and its ilk are all the rage these days, especially in comic bookdom. It appears that Marvel wants to get some of that Zombie Spotlight that the indies have been hogging up for a bit.

Now, Marvel did have Marvel Zombies, one of the best and most original zombie offerings ever in the industry. And it's no surprise that the other masterpiece in Z-Lit, The Walking Dead, is written by Robert Kirkman- the same guy who did Marvel Zombies!

So, what should you dear readers expect with Zombie? Well, standard run-of-the-undead mill, really. Not that this turns out to be a bad thing. Let me explain...

The set up is a little different than usual, as our protagonist (Simon, a likeable chap) is taken hostage by angry, violent bank robbers. During the getaway they run into a Zombie Incident (which is probably ground zero for the Zombie Apocalypse). Our hero discovers that there are scarier things than gun-toting armed thieves with bad attitudes. There's a ton of gore and lots of zombie action to go around. Nothing at all very new, though.

Did I like it? Yes, I did. Could it be better? Yes, it could. The writing is alright, however, with good narration and dialogue done by Mike Raicht. The art is nicely executed by Kyle Hotz and Dan Brown. Overall, a solid issue.

I just wish more could be done with the Zombie Story Template.

Oh, well. It's still worth reading. Just don't expect any miracles, and you'll be just fine. Most certainly worth checking out if you are a fellow brain-eater (zombie fan).

I'll read the rest of the series and will give my full report and final splattery verdict then.

(I'd like to update this entry... You know, after reading the comic a couple more times for another review, I have to say that it -is- pretty awesome. I'm really looking forward to the second issue now)

Be seeing you,


Marvel's Civil Bore

Is Civil War going to live up to the expectations that are usually had concerning mass title crossovers?

I just read Civil War #4... hooo boy... Have I mentioned that those expectations are usually pretty damn low? Yeah.

Oh, and this contains spoilers. Just so you know.

Also, 5 minutes to read a comic? Like, wtf? More on that towards the end.